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Old 01-14-2016, 01:21 PM   #1597
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Hi Evelyn!

Yes, I believe the trip to the west coast will be grand, and we already have a good gathering planned at Fort Stevens.

Gail, I think the Wind River area is a boondocking destination for Ray Eklund's trip I am going on.....if not, will be sure to check it out.

Having an especially beautiful day here, and Lily has already had two long walks....she comes back, takes a nap, then starts asking for the next one.

At close to 60 degrees, going to open things up in a bit, shake the rugs out and do a bit of cleaning.

Tomorrow.....laundry, and the purchase of a new sewer hose.


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Old 01-15-2016, 01:33 PM   #1598
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Laundry done, propane filled....3.6 gal, @ "about" $3/gal, "how 'bout $10 for that?"....cash, no receipt. ....a few groceries, and new sewer hose , tanks emptied, fresh water tank filled.

It's fixin' to get cold, and prepared are I.

I bought a more expensive sewer hose, that expands to 15' and swivels, still had a devil of a time getting it connected. I remember Doug laying on the ground sometimes to attach that damn thing.

A full day in 4 1/2 hours, and it rained hard almost all of that time. I looked and felt like a drowned rat, warranting a second look by the grizzled man who filled my propane. I know, I said.

Lily is not interested in taking care of business in the rain.....she takes one look, and refuses to go out. If I insist she go out, she comes right back in. I can't make her pee.

Once the laundry was started, about 11am...15 hours since she had last been out ...I put her on her leash, walked her in the rain and told her she could go back inside when she went potty. And, she did. Booger dog.

We used to call these "town days"....choring in town, usually ended by a meal...and perhaps a drink...in a restaurant. The before days. Sigh.

I am acutely aware that the chores of travel that we did together, I now do alone, and it feels burdensome sometimes, but I remind myself 'tis the price one pays for being able to do this....and no self pity is allowed.

Would have liked to have found a liquor store, as I left the Jameson at home and a hot whiskey would taste really good, but I did not, and the grocery stores only sell wine and beer.

Wine will have to do.


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Old 01-16-2016, 10:42 AM   #1599
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I happened upon a PBS documentary this morning about the post-Civil War efforts, largely by organizations of women, to locate and properly bury the Confederate dead, who were scattered....buried or not....on and around the battlefields.....the Confederate dead who were overlooked by the Northern efforts to retrieve their own, and whose "own" didn't have the funds after the war for similar, organized efforts.

Ladies' Memorial Associations

It was very interesting, and very, very sad.

Several years ago, Doug and I visited the Antietam Battlefield, and also saw...only from the end of the lane....a home that was used as a hospital during that battle....the home still lived in and closed to visitors.

My CSA great-uncle was in the Washington Artillery, was wounded in some skirmishing the day before the main battle, and died at this home-turned-hospital the next day.

According to records held by the Battlefield, he was buried along a fence line near the home, if I recall correctly.....then dug up at some later point in time, along with thousands of Confederate others, and moved to unmarked graves elsewhere in the North.

Lots of ill feelings, and not a lot of compassion, toward Confederates after the War.

According to the NPS fellow I spoke with there, " he was known going into the ground, he was unknown coming out", so no way to identify which of several northern cemeteries his remains were taken to.

No one left at home to go looking for his body and bring him home after the battle, his only surviving sibling also serving in the CSA, and all other family members dead of disease in Germany or NOLA.....but for their pacifist father, who returned to Germany for the duration of the war, leaving his only surviving children......fighting and alone.

Unlike a cousin, who died at the Battle of Franklin, and whose slave...who had been with him throughout his life and accompanied him to war...buried him near the battlefield, marked the grave, then walked home to Southern Mississippi to get the father and uncle (my great-great grandfather) to bring his body home and bury him in the family cemetery....on the hill behind the house completed in 1818, which still stands and which I was able to go into for the first time about a year ago. Much of it still original, floorboards my ancestors walked on, porches where they laid out their dead, etc.

The more I read and learn of the Civil War, and I'm always learning something, the more felt is the incredible carnage and devastation.... a war fought on our own soil, between our own people.

Talking with the man at the hardware store in TN the other day, something got us onto the Civil War, and he said bodies and artifacts still turn up on a regular basis around there.

A local man not long ago had found a belt with buckle, still attached to the severed leg where it had been used as a tourniquet. The rest of the body was nearby, was eventually identified as a Union soldier and returned North to be buried with his comrades.

It breaks my heart, and gives me a knot in my stomach.

I am fortunate to have so much family history, and to have been able to be to so many ancestral areas, but they connect me so to all of it as to make it feel more present than past.

There's just something about the South....so much happened here, so many struggles and lives lost, regardless which side one was on.

It is everywhere, and like being surrounded by ghosts....I feel it, and understand more and more why it is so hard for native-born Southerners....whose very own fought and died on these grounds..to let go.

That's me, today....steeped in Civil War history.


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Old 01-16-2016, 11:18 AM   #1600
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You're right, Maggie. The civil war was and is about so much more than the issue of slavery. That issue might have been the trigger, but your ancestors and mine were very soon fighting to defend home and country--and often family who was on the property at the time. I have seen photocopies of a map my great grandfather drew of the battlefield at Shiloh. He was from Mississippi--can't spell the county, I'll have to look it up. All my dad's side of the family were surveyors and cartographers.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:36 AM   #1601
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That's interesting, Mimi.....I would love to know where in MS your great grandfather was from.

My people were in Amite County, and went there from NE TN in 1806.

My fourth cousin down there can tell you all about the local battles, who of our ancestors were wounded or killed right down the road from the home place I have mentioned.....which Grierson and his men cleaned out on their way thru, but for the $800 or so in gold hid in the sideboard and which helped them survive the War.

They weren't burning, then, so the house and outbuildings were left intact.

You'll have to bring what you have of that family history to our meet up in August.....I'll bring mine, and we may find that our ancestors were contemporaries and compatriots.


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Old 01-16-2016, 01:02 PM   #1602
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53 degrees here, and lots of boats out on the lake.


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Two topics:

Dogs and going to the bathroom. Suggest if raining or whatever start using a word whenever you are out with Lily or anyone else with their dog. I teach "Get Busy"; you need to use the word every time the dog does either, every time and say it multiple times. Then eventually you can take the dog out and bingo, they know to go and they then can play or go back in during bad weather. UNLESS you have a Lab like our young one who now goes out and fakes it, just to get back in and warm. Try it, in all my training it has never failed, even our newly adopted 4-1/2 year old picked it up in about a month.

Second, when I first started my career we lived in Gettysburg for 6 years. Right next to a field where there were battles but not part of the National Park. We always found bullets etc, no remains but it encouraged us to study and visit the park every weekend. 600,000 + Americans died in this war, simply astounding each time I think of it. Most of mine were on the South and my wife's seemed to have split.

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Old 01-16-2016, 02:40 PM   #1604
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Always appreciate those dog tips, Bud.

Gettysburg.....been there, the place we encountered stink bugs for the first time.

I especially wanted to visit Antietam, Franklin and Chickamauga, but we have been to others, and to Andersonville.

My cousin in Southern MS has the "housewife" our cousin who died at the Battle of Franklin carried.....made for him by his sister, with a prayer to keep him safe embroidered on it.

It has bloodstains on it, so we assume those are his, tho from his death or a wound he suffered earlier in the war we do not know.

We also have several dozen letters he wrote home to his father, from wherever he was....including the hospital in Georgia where he recovered from his early wounds.

He writes so optimistically in the beginning, then toward the end you hear of little besides desperation, despair, and near-starvation.

Amazing that his slave buried him, found his way home, and took the men back to recover his body.

So many boys died such horrific deaths, so little of that could be done.

The thing about knowing all that family history, it ties you so solidly to places and events that I don't believe would happen otherwise....they feel to be yours.

A good thing, altho somewhat a haunting thing.


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Maggie, it is very sad to realize just how brutal that war must have been....our countrymen, fighting against each other. We can only pray that such tragedy never is visited on our lands again.
My knowledge of my family history is so little, as my grandparents were immigrants from Europe, and much of that history was lost, as I never knew them...folks had passed long before my birth. All I know is that my grandparents were of scotch-Irish and German-Dutch heritage. It must be bitter/sweet to be aware of so much family history.

The photo of your camp site is very pretty. Are you still in Georgia? Where are you headed to next? Safe travels. Evelyn.
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I have a wealth of information on my mother's side, due to the life works of a great aunt, but nothing on my father's but the name of his parents and grandparents.

My paternal grandparents came over from Copenhagen in the early 1900's, they had both died by the time I was a teen, and there was no written history.

Amite County, where my ancestors settled, did written compilations of settlers, residents, county events, etc., every 50 years, I believe......where people came from, how they got there, court activities, etc., then put into book form, which my cousin has gotten a full set of for me, and they are fascinating.. A window into time.

I am delighted to have the information, it is way more than most people get, and it ties me to this earth more than a bit, having all that roots information. I'm a bit passionate about it, if you cannot tell.

I am still in Georgia, and going to stay at this campground another week....because, why not? Beautiful site, inexpensive.

Because my street side is on the lake, I can leave my side window shade up as the sun sets, sip a little wine and watch the reflection on the water...and then all night, because why not...when I wake in the night, I can see the moon shining thru the trees, when I get up I sip my coffee and watch the sun rise.

I love it.

The only drawback to this beautiful site is that I must walk a long uphill to get to the bath house, but it's good for my aging bones.


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My great grandfather lived in Oktibbeha County. I had to look it up to get the spelling. That map of Shiloh is about all I really know about him or his participation in the war. The "tents of the enemy" legend clearly showed which side he was on. I never saw the original map, but I have seen photocopies.
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Hmmmm.....very far north of Amite County, and settled much later, per Wikipedia.

Interesting, nonetheless.


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Wikipedia says Oktibbeha County was formed out of Lowndes County. My grandfather had a brother named Henry Lowndes Muldrow, who had a son by the same name. Wonder how that relates back to the county? I guess Ancestry.com may get some more of my money, now that I'm curious.
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I had an Ancestry.com subscription for years, but dropped it last year. It is $185 a year or something now, which I just couldn't justify.

Lots of info to be had, tho, and a number of things I found out that we hadn't previously known.

It wasn't unusual to name counties or roads after a founding family, or someone otherwise important....the first time my daughter and I found the 1818 house in southern MS, perhaps 15 years ago, it was off of a road named for another family member.

It astounds me that, as many times as we went to MS to see my mother's parents, we were never taken to see that house nor even knew of its existence...much less the cemetery behind it, where so many ancestors are buried.

I suspect there were things they didn't want us to know, given the times we were in.


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